Saxo Grammaticus


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Sax·o Gram·mat·i·cus

 (săk′sō grə-măt′ĭ-kəs) 1150?-1220?
Danish historian whose Gesta Danorum, a chronicle of legendary and historical Danish kings, contains the story of Hamlet.
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Saxo Grammaticus

(ˈsæksəʊ ɡrəˈmætɪkəs)
n
(Biography) ?1150–?1220, Danish chronicler, noted for his Gesta Danorum, a history of Denmark down to 1185, written in Latin, which is partly historical and partly mythological, and contains the Hamlet (Amleth) legend
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Sax•o Gram•mat•i•cus

(ˈsæk soʊ grəˈmæt ɪ kəs)
n.
c1150–1206?, Danish historian and poet.
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Noun1.Saxo Grammaticus - Danish historian who chronicled the history of Denmark (including the legend of Hamlet) (1150?-1220?)
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Among the topics are Hypothesis Islandica: concerning the initially supportive but ultimately subversive impact of the rediscovery of medieval Icelandic literature on the evaluation of Saxo Grammaticus as a historical authority during the heyday of Danish antiquarianism, antiquarianism without antiques: topographical evidence and the formation of the past, the northern face of January: Roman narratives of early cultural history (Janus, Saturn, Numa) and their appropriation in Swedish antiquarianism, Soren Abildgaard: a patriotic antiquarian draftsman from 18th-century Denmark, and trapped and lost in translation: the moose in early modern zoology and biblical philology in northern and east-central Europe.
Lars Hermanson draws attention to the importance of friendship, trust, and concord in the writings on William of AEbelholt and Saxo Grammaticus, two men of letters whose ideas of community shaped the young Danish realm in the early thirteenth century.
The array of texts investigated in this volume is broad: it includes medieval, post-medieval, and modern saga manuscripts, folk-tales, poetry and rimur, modern literary reflexes, and the long arc of translations and re-tellings from Saxo Grammaticus through to the current century.
Chapter 3 widens the scope to explore how the rise of professional politics may have shaped the genealogy of the Hamlet story, from fifteenth-century translations of Saxo Grammaticus, to Belleforest and Shakespeare, culminating with John Melton's use of Shakespeare's tragedy in his 1609 treatise The Sixe-folde Politician.
Among them was the infamous "Bad Quarto" of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"; another, Gesta Danorum, by Saxo Grammaticus, the Medieval source for the Hamlet story.
But many other tales were told around the fires of the Norse Men, and the author has brought together eight tales of mortal men from the Saxo Grammaticus and other early Scandinavian writers.
The 'historians' invoke context and shun anachronism, while the 'critics' wonder why anyone would want to think about Saxo Grammaticus rather than 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark'.
Through the eight centuries from Saxo Grammaticus Gesta Danorum until the latest major national history synthesis, popularly named the Poli-Gylde, Polifken & Gyldendal's Danmarkshistorie (1992-1993, new edition 2002), runs a straight line of tradition of national history writing in Denmark.
Algunos autores contemporaneos optan, sin embargo, por la forma latina y lo presentan como Saxo Grammaticus, mientras que otros se decantan por una solucion intermedia.
But we are reminded in the 1947 revised edition of The Yale Shakespeare that "the outline of the story of Hamlet, as we are familiar with it, is first found in the Historica Danica of Saxo Grammaticus, a Danish chronicler who lived at the end of the twelfth century." When Shakespeare's play was performed by his company, it was by definition a Hamlet in modern dress.
in especial, the promontory of Arcona, a seat of the most highly developed Slavonic pagan ritual: Saxo Grammaticus has conserved us full details." (Alas, I have no access to Saxo Grammaticus to expand this).